I was surprised at the comments I received to my last post about moving the capital (of course, I'm surprised - and deeply gratified - every time you take a moment to comment on my ideas). One comment noted I had become a "witless pawn in spreading that Valley propaganda."
For the record, I did ask Beth Kerttula about this bill, though she hadn't returned my call by the time I wrote that last post. Here's what she had to say:
"Fairbanks has the university, Anchorage has the center of commerce, Southeast has the capital. It would really be an imbalance to move the capital from Juneau. Moreover, it would quite literally destroy my hometown. You need to have the capital balanced. Our tradition is that the capital is in Juneau and I think that the capital should stay in Juneau."I really liked speaking with Beth Kerttula and found her genuine in a way that not many politicians are. That being said, this was hardly convincing. Leaving aside G.K. Chesterton's, "Tradition is the democracy of the dead," I wonder where rural/bush/non-road-system Alaska fits in this careful balance she proposes. As the cultural center? As an economic boost for Southcentral? It's hard for me to have pity on Southeast when the problems that are forecast from a capital move - economic depression, population loss - are already clearly in evidence in my own region.
I may be a pawn but I don't think I'm completely witless.